BY GODFREY BIVBERE
LAGOS — The Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America, Ade Adefuye, has revealed that the American government will give Nigeria another war ship to assist in the fight against piracy in the waters of the West African region.
Disclosing this at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington during a courtesy call by a Nigerian delegation to under study the implementation of the International Ships and Ports Facilities Security, ISPS, code, Adefuye said the vessel will be handed over on Wednesday.
According to Adefuye, “in the area of regional security, on May 7, we are getting another ship from the Americans, NNS Thunder, to compliment the former one they gave us. This one is even larger than the former one, NNS Aradu, which goes to show the level of bi-literal cooperation between the two countries.”
He noted that the US government only has bi-literal agreement with two countries in Africa which are Nigeria and South Africa.
He said the agreement with Nigeria was based on four areas which are governance, energy and investment, food and security and Niger Delta/regional security.
According to him, the bi-lateral agreement in the area of governance has to do with the fight against corruption, transparency and accountability. To this end, the American government is training operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC.
In the area of energy and investment, he said the US had continued to invest in all the sectors of oil and gas in the country.
In the agricultural sector, the ambassador explained that the Ministry of Agriculture was working very hard to ensure that agriculture is not only a business but that it is mechanised.
The agreement on Niger-Delta and regional security, according to him, involves training and re-training of “our ex-militants and helping them to fit into where they were before they went to take up arms.
“Regional security agreement, on the other hand, is to ensure security along the Gulf of Guinea coast, and prevent piracy from affecting maritime activities.”